By Sitara Hewitt
Smoothies have come into the spotlight lately, and I believe that they are more than just a passing trend. You can customize them so that they taste the way you like so the ingredients benefit you in ways that support you, they are the easiest breakfast to throw together, and you can take it on the go on busy mornings. I add protein powder to mine because I find it helps build lean muscle and gives me sustained energy, the fibre from the fresh fruit and veggies are great for digestion and I usually add a good fat because it keeps you full longer and is great for brain & skin health.
I love to start every day with a ‘green smoothie.’ It’s a creamy and or fruity treat that contains a handful of spinach or kale – you don’t taste the greens because of all the other yummy ingredients – but they work for you in ways like an immunity boost, a flatter belly and more energy throughout the day. I have noticed everything from my skin, to my physique, to my resistance to colds and flu has vastly improved from making this one change!
I add protein powder to mine because I find it helps build lean muscle and gives me sustained energy, the fibre from the fresh fruit and veggies are great for digestion and I usually add a good fat because it keeps you full longer and is great for brain & skin health. I go with non-dairy milks or coconut water as the base because I find dairy gives me congestion and isn’t as great on digestion.
You don’t have to go green, in fact here are a few tasty and easy options to try out at home – My 5 year old son loves them too, and enjoys coming up with his own recipes, and I love being able to give him more fresh foods in a fun and easy way!
CREAMY SWEET GREENS
1/2 cup frozen cherries or mixed berries
1-cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 handful fresh kale or spinach
1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder
CHOCOLATE NUT BUTTER DELIGHT
1-tablespoon raw cacao powder (more nutrients than processed cocoa powder)
1 tablespoon unsweetened peanut butter or almond butter
1-cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon chia or ground flax seeds
1 scoop chocolate or vanilla vegan protein powder (optional)
1 fresh peach or 1/2 cup frozen peach slices
1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
1/2 a banana
3 tablespoons raw oats
1 handful fresh spinach
1 scoop vanilla vegan protein powder (optional)
1/2-cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1/2 an avocado
1/2 a banana
1 cup almond milk
Dash of stevia or tsp. raw honey
Note: Suggestions in Sitara Hewitt’s columns are merely from Sitara’s own personal experience and are not intended to treat, prevent or diagnose any disease. Check with your health care practitioner before starting any new health regimens.
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